New MacBooks going glass

New MacBooks going glass

Summary: It's no secret that Apple's MacBooks are next in line for an update. The MacBook was speed-bumped on 16 February 2008 and its enclosure was introduced 16 May 2006 – two years and two months ago.

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It's no secret that Apple's MacBooks are next in line for an update. The MacBook was speed-bumped on 16 February 2008 and its enclosure was introduced 16 May 2006 – two years and two months ago.

The MacBook Pro was speed-bumped on 26 February 2008 and the enclosure was released on 16 September 2003 as a the PowerBook G4– almost five years ago.

According to a piece by ComputerWorld's Seth Weintraub talks about some changes coming in new MB and MBP by the end of September:

  • The new models are thinner than current MacBook and MacBook Pros and slightly more rounded, taking design cues from the MacBook Air.
  • The trackpad is glass, multi-touch and uses gestures. The screen isn’t multi-touch.
  • The body is manufactured out of one piece of aluminum. Eco-friendly, yet sturdy. Manufacturing process is completely different.

AppleInsider adds that Apple may be exploring chip alternatives for the new notebooks that "may have little or nothing to do with Intel at all." But then confuses the issue by saying that the primary CPU will continue to come from Intel.

It still remains to be seen what Apple will do with the MacBook Air which came out on 15 January 2008, but all sign point to minor speed-bumps only.

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  • Did I hear what I thought I heard...

    it sounds like Apple is walking the same path of change and evolution that Dell walked so time ago...

    Dare I say they may actually be using nVidia Chipsets vs the Intel ones they're using now? While Intel is always one to keep a good and stable chipset... nVidia is more known for pushing the limits of the system to the maximum and still holding a good stable system. I'd doubt they were using Radeon chipsets... considering that Intel's mortal enemy now owns the chipsets completely. Via and Sis are out as they don't (shouldn't) meet the quality standards that Apple (should) have. But then again these are the people that released the iPhone 1.0 without 3G support when 3.0 was rampant in the wild... then cashed in good a year later with a phone that should have been out the year prior. Not to mention the whole "No compromises" thing with the macbook air. no compromises... right - I don't need a DVD-Rom, and I mean.. heck I only need one usb port right? Not like I'll get a point and click mouse to replaced the touch pad (Never liked touchpads, as most people don't), but at least it'll come with an extra battery pack for those always on the go since that's who it's aimed at... oh... wait the laptop doesn't have a user replaceable/swapable battery? ...oops.
    zithero@...
    • You started out good

      then just turned into another boring zealot with the same tired
      talking points.
      frgough
      • Anyone smell a hypocrite? <nt>

        .
        Core2uu
      • While I'd Sort-Of Agree w/Him About the Air

        as I also think it's too feature-limited, some of the rest was like "Wha-haaa...?"

        Besides, seriously - can you imagine [i][b]me[/b][/i] of all people buying [i][b]anything[/b][/i] from Dell, a huge Bush Campaign Contributor and personal friend of Bush's, whose military sales arm has benefited GREATLY from the "War on Terror"? (http://www.corporateswine.net/dell.html )
        drprodny
    • Sure...

      "Did I hear what I thought I heard...
      it sounds like Apple is walking the same path of change and
      evolution that Dell walked so time ago..."

      Yep, I expect Apple's to mimic Dell ROFL;-)
      Richard Flude
    • Dell

      It is laughable to compare Dell to Apple.

      Dell never innovated like Apple did and continues doing. All that Dell ever did differently than everyone else was increase their manufacturing efficiency and also they became very good at selling to the public direct. That is what made Dell the #2 computer maker just behind HP/Compaq.

      In the other hand, Apple has built its exploding success on innovation and quality of its products and software. They build machines that work extremely well and are built extremely well and people want them for it. Now Apple is the #3 computer manufacturer in terms of units sold, but makes about 400% more profit than Dell does.

      [i]these are the people that released the iPhone 1.0 without 3G support[/i]
      You think there is some kind of inherent wrong-doing with Apple's strategy? I don't think they owe you anything.

      [i]Never liked touchpads, as most people don't[/i]
      Really? is that why practically 99% of laptops include one?
      fox.kenji
      • Great Trackpads

        Never liked touchpads, as most people don't
        Really? is that why practically 99% of laptops include one?

        The MacBook Pro and MacBook Air trackpads are multi touch.
        When the MacBook gets that multi touch trackpad, I think it
        will be great. On my MacBook Pro, I use the trackpad most of
        the time (some games are better with a mouse - my mouse
        is a Bluetooth mouse so no USB ports are used), and the
        multi touch gesturing is great for everything else.
        ManoaHI
  • RE: New MacBooks going glass

    Apple has almost always sided on design first and
    hardware second. Some have even complained with the
    Macbook Air that the push for thinness determined far too
    much of the Air functionality. In fact it handicapped it in
    many ways. Form is great as long as it does not affect
    function. This is where PC and Mac's differ the most now.
    If you look at a Dell laptop it's form may be more basic
    design but it includes option sometimes not found on any
    Apple computers. I don't see Apple ever doing less form
    and more function because that's not who they are.
    jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
  • RE: New MacBooks going glass

    Isn't this, though speculation, just poor marketing on Apple's part? They are pushing the back-to-school market right now..schools that start the beginning of September, but this is the early-adopters market that would love to get these kinds of updates cash (and credit) in hand. Most unfair for parents sending their first years to college!!!
    washingtonra
  • RE: New MacBooks going glass

    I am getting ready to buy a NEW Macbook Pro however with
    this golden nugget of FYI I am now going to wait until
    September to see what Apple REALLY does and buy a newer
    and faster system. on top of the evolution I have also heard
    rumors they are working on reducing the price so just like
    the iMac I am hoping the Macbook Pro is not only improved
    in looks, speed, and size but also in price reduction. Can you
    say ECONOMY?
    metroplexdesign@...
  • RE: New MacBooks going glass

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